Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Please share an actionable teacher leadership idea to be considered for possible inclusion in the regional Denver Teacher Leadership Summit, taking place January 10-11th, 2015. The deadline to submit is midnight (EST), December 9th, 2014. Note: Submission of an idea for the Denver Summit indicates that you would like to be included in a summit (either individually or on a team) to further develop this idea and to create a concrete actionable plan for teacher leadership. This is not a call for proposals or presenters. *All information submitted will be kept private unless marked "public." NOTE: All ideas and comments are subject to moderation and will not be posted until they are approved.

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Science & Engineering Educators Co-operative (SEE Co-op):Working collaboratively to design & analyze purposeful education data

Solid instructional design is grounded in identifying clear learning targets and creating an assessment plan to insure that the instructional goals have been achieved. Unfortunately few tools exist to allow teachers to collaboratively create common learning objectives and valid and reliable assessment tools aligned to those specific learning objectives. A new paradigm of education assessment development and deployment ...more »

Submitted by (@bwellmanonw)

City : Olathe

State : KS

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Teachers as Instructional Leaders: A video library of the best practices in your school for embedded staff develo

Our District has a high teacher turnover rate; our school does not. We have learned that by building up our own staff as leaders within the school and district, we can stop our most effective and brilliant teachers from leaving. One of the ways in which we have done this is by creating a video library of our own teachers in action. When we are given a new district initiative, observe a best practice that we see a teacher ...more »

Submitted by (@jlocke)

City : Colorado Springs

State : CO

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Developing Teacher Leader Learning Communities for Alternative & Charter Schools

As Washington State begins developing a charter school program on a statewide level over the next several years, alternative education has become a much larger and more publically discussed issue. The Middle College program in Seattle has been around for over a decade; in the past, this program was highly successful at providing an opportunity for at-risk youth to experience genuine success in both school and society. ...more »

Submitted by (@kristina.mccormick1)

City : Seattle

State : Washington

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Writing Instruction Staff Development

I created a staff development team consisting of all the instructors for writing, but the model could be applied to other subjects. Our goal was to create a cohesive, rigorous writing program across the grades which is aligned with the curriculum. Our plan for the course is to: • Work in collaborative teams (kindergarten, 1st-2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade, 5th grade, and middle school) to match the lessons in the new materials ...more »

Submitted by (@melissa.mcqueen)

City : Denver

State : CO

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Teaching is About Connoisseurship, Love, and Service. Although it would be much simpler if it was not.

Expertise with a purpose, love for others (without condition), and providing opportunities for young people to reach their potential is the foundation of everything we do. Whether we admit it or not; this is also why we choose a path in education. It is easy to be distracted and moved by the jargon of the day: school choice, pay for performance, and the nod toward both the rationale and the practical. The truth is: ...more »

Submitted by (@mthorsenphd)

City : Parker

State : CO

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Charter School Collegiate Cohort Program

Our charter school mission is “to work together with families in a partnership of teachers, staff and community members to provide an individualized learning environment that fosters high achievement in core and elective areas, preparing students for life-long success.” In partnership with certified teachers, families customize students’ educational plans - which may include students being dual enrolled with universities ...more »

Submitted by (@roysanna)

City : Anchorage

State : AK

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Coaching and Mentoring of New and Experienced Teachers: Innovating and Diminishing the Stigma with Observation and Coaching

Observations and feedback in education have gotten a “stigma” in education. Either teachers find that it’s done too often, not enough, or that it isn't representative of their work. What I would like to propose would be developing a program or training that would allow teacher leaders to take on some of the coaching and mentoring of both new teachers and experienced teachers looking to refine their practice. Studies ...more »

Submitted by (@tmartin3)

City : Wichita

State : KS

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The World Languages Proficiency Project: Preparing Our Students for a Multilingual World

The World Languages Proficiency Project will help the Modern and Classical Languages Department provide students with effective tools (technological and non-technological) that will help them explore their language of study through reading, summarization, and storytelling, and discover talents that they will be able to transfer to their learning in other disciplines. It will also build more collaborative efforts in the ...more »

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City : St. Louis

State : Missouri

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Teachers and Students Leading Change in a Global Society: Solving Global Challenges Through Problem & Project Based Learning

In education we constantly remind ourselves that we are helping to shape the future, which of course we are, but sometimes we need to focus more on shaping the present. There are so many global challenges facing our world today that desperately need solutions, but that seem far too daunting to bring into the classroom, let alone take on as projects. As teachers we sometimes underestimate not only our student's ability ...more »

Submitted by (@helliott)

City : Raleigh

State : North Carolina

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Uniform Training for Staff

According to the National Education Association, 46% of all teachers leave teaching within five years. In the 2011-12 Personnel Turnover report compiled by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), there were 1040 new teachers in the District. While there are myriad reasons for this turnover, this proposed solution focuses only on preparing new teachers, providing structure for existing teachers, and streamlining ...more »

Submitted by (@msem1964)

City : Denver

State : CO

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Embed Breathing Room in the Calendar and Schedule for Meaningful Collaboration, Reflection and Peer Support

The compact nature of the US calendar is the primary reason teachers aren't able to address all the expectations placed upon them by policy makers. US teachers, when compared to international peers from top performing nations, are provided far less planning time, and teach far more instructional hours in far fewer days. A redesigned calendar, by emphasizing teaching and learning, would spread out the learning over more ...more »

Submitted by (@jeremy.koselak)

City : Colorado Springs

State : CO

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Coaching and Mentoring of New and Experienced Teachers: Innovating and Diminishing the Stigma with Observation and Coaching

Observations and feedback in education have gotten a “stigma” in education. Either teachers find that it’s done too often, not enough, or that it isn't representative of their work. What I would like to propose would be developing a program or training that would allow teacher leaders to take on some of the coaching and mentoring of both new teachers and experienced teachers looking to refine their practice. Studies ...more »

Submitted by (@tmartin3)

City : Wichita

State : KS

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